Jim Bolger sent Fastnet Rock juvenile Turret Rocks (2f Fastnet Rock-Beyond Compare, by Galileo) on a successful foray to Doncaster on Friday when winning the G2 May Hill Stakes.
Kevin Manning brought the filly, also bred by Bolger and racing for his wife Jackie, to lead in the final furlong and she kept on stoutly for pressure to record a three quarters of a length success in the mile contest.
Bolger thinks another step up in trip will see the best of Turret Rock’s ability. He said: “This filly stays well and is pretty good. The mile will have helped bring out a bit more improvement after her last race at the Curragh over seven. She ran well there that day and the really good pace and step up to a mile would have helped her even more.
“Ideally she would like to go further to a mile and a half so she is a filly for next year over that distance.”
“She gets most of the stamina from the side of her dam, who is by Galileo, and she comes from a good family which includes Goldikova. It is a staying pedigree.”
“This is just the start of things to come for her. I had two fillies entered in the race, one for fast ground and one for soft ground, and the top of the ground horse won it.”
As for the filly’s future, plans are still up in the air as to where she goes now. Bolger added: “I don’t know where we will go with her next. I was thinking about going to Paris (for the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac) before this race but I don’t know about that after this.”
Kevin Manning remarked: “I was rowing away at her three and a half, four furlongs down, but you know that when you pick her up and change hands, she is going to keep lengthening and go to the line.
“I think that she is really a three-year-old and you will see the best of her when she steps up in trip next year. I would be very surprised if she didn’t get a mile and a half. She had her ears pricked at the line.”